Nursing Science M.S.

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    Nursing Science M.S.

    Prepare for advanced practice health care jobs in nursing specialty areas.

Explore the nursing science master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a focus on diverse, rural and underserved populations, the accredited master’s in nursing program at UAA offers professional nursing practice, theory and research in the context of Alaska’s diverse populations and health care delivery system.

Nursing science scholarships and financial aid
Learn more about financial aid opportunities, such as HRSA Traineeship Grant stipends and University of Alaska Foundation scholarships, from the UAA Office of Financial Aid.

Online classes and distance learning
Earn your master’s degree in nursing through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods, including online, hybrid, distance and face-to-face courses. Most classes are taken online, with one to two intensives on the Anchorage campus and on-site clinical rotations throughout Alaska.

Nursing specialties
Choose one of the following population focus areas: Family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.), psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (P.M.H.-N.P.) and nursing leadership (N.L.D.R.). The N.L.D.R. focus offers two concentration options: nursing education (N.L.D.R.-educ) or nursing administration (N.L.D.R.-admin).

National certification exams
After you earn your graduate nursing degree, you will be eligible to pursue national certification in your specialty area. 
  • For the F.N.P., exams are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 
  • For the P.M.H.-N.P., exams are offered by ANCC. 
  • For the N.L.D.R.-educ, you will be eligible to take the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam. 
  • For the N.L.D.R.-admin, you will also need two years of executive nursing experience to be eligible for the American Organization of Nurse Executives exam for certification in Executive Nursing Practice.
Nursing student advising
Explore your options and develop a plan to complete your nursing M.S. with help from the program chair, a faculty advisor and a project chair.

Nursing Science M.S.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Emphases: Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nursing leadership

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Did you know..

In Fall 2019, the F.N.P. and P.M.H.-N.P. focus areas will transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.

What can you do with a nursing science degree from UAA?

A master’s in nursing degree helps qualify you for high-demand jobs in health care working with urban and rural communities across Alaska and provides a strong foundation for specialized doctoral studies.

Nursing science graduate programs

  • Graduate certificate in family nurse practitioner
  • Graduate certificate in nursing education
  • Graduate certificate in psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • WWAMI School of Medicine

Nursing science careers

  • Most F.N.P. graduate students accept jobs before graduation as family nurse practitioners in family care, private practice and specialty fields such as oncology, rheumatology and neurology.
  • P.M.H.-N.P. graduate students also typically receive job offers before they graduate to work in private practice offices, integrated primary care clinics, itinerant rural service programs, community health centers and specialty inpatient hospitals.
  • Nursing leadership graduate students most commonly work as educators in academia or patient care settings, as well as mid-level managers.

By the numbers..

The job placement rate for nurse practitioners after they are certified.
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The median annual nurse practitioner salary., March 2018

Nursing science master’s degree program highlights

Combining hands-on simulations, real-world clinical experience and distance learning courses, UAA’s M.S. in nursing science is an intensive, interprofessional degree program for advanced nurse practitioners.

  • Work with urban and rural communities throughout Alaska in internships and clinical experiences. 
    • P.M.H.-N.P. graduate students have co-led support groups for traumatized children and provided outpatient psychiatric care to veterans, transgender youth and young adults. 
    • F.N.P. graduate students have been working with faculty in small, rural Alaska villages to conduct Head Start screening physicals. 
    • N.L.D.R graduate students have worked in academic teaching, simulations and administration.
  • Learn from experienced nursing professionals in a variety of settings. Program faculty, instructors and preceptors include board-certified nurses, clinical practitioners and UAA alumni. Their specialties include emergency psychiatric medicine, telehealth, mental illness, rural mental health care, child abuse forensics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  • Participate in a variety of professional and social activities and events. Graduate and undergraduate students in nursing can join the following: 
    • UAA Student Nurses Association
    • Alaska Nurses Association
    • Alaska Psychiatric Association
    • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
    • Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing program.
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These virtual learning communities provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country, building capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes.

Alaska ECHO Projects
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The Student Health and Counseling Center addresses the physical and mental health care needs of the UAA campus community by providing access to high-quality, affordable health care, counseling, outreach and education services.

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Nursing science master’s degree program curriculum

With special opportunities in rural health care issues and subsistence lifestyles, UAA’s M.S. in nursing science trains culturally sensitive nursing practitioners and promotes collaboration across health care fields.

This graduate nursing degree is specifically designed to be completed part time in six to eight semesters. You can also enroll in this graduate degree program full time. Different options mean you can complete your degree in two to three years, depending on what works best for you and your schedule.

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